One of the most stressful parts of life is moving to a new home. Not only do you need to get used to a new place, to get all your stuff there, you also need to think about safety. When the health and protection of your family is concerned, you should spare no expense in keeping them safe and sound.
There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. Some are costly, some are not, but all will definitely make your home a safer place.
First and foremost, get a fire extinguisher – a good one too. A fire extinguisher can and will save your home, your valuables and most importantly yours and your family’s lives. But, as we said, you need to get a good one. There are numerous types, and they are classified as either an A, B or C fire extinguisher. These classifications indicate what kind of fire they are used for – combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical fires, respectfully. You should get one that has all these classifications – essentially get an A:B:C model.
You should also take its weight and size into account. While a bigger extinguisher means extra power and extra foam, it also means it’s heavier to maneuverer and more difficult to use. Just be honest with yourself and actually think about whether you can use it in an emergency.
The location of your fire extinguisher is also very important. It needs to be accessible and easy to reach in case there is an emergency. It is advised to have one on every floor of your house. Keep it near exits, and have it low enough that even a child can use it.
Using them is rather easy. You just pull the safety pin out, aim the thing towards the source of the flames (not the actual flames), squeeze the trigger and hold it.
Set up a good fence and gate
A good fence and gate can deter any burglar from entering your home. The fence should be tall enough so as to make it difficult to climb over. Another option is to cover it with plants that have thorns. You can also place barbed wire or spikes, though this may not be the most aesthetically pleasing of choices. Electrifying your fence will certainly deter even the most stalwart of burglars, but it can be both quite expensive, and even dangerous (especially if you have little children around). You should also get a fence that closes automatically (and latches automatically as well).
Get a proper fire alarm
Early warnings are paramount if you want to survive a fire unscathed. That’s why getting a good alarm system is a must. If you want to get a good fire alarm, you need to first choose the proper type. Fire alarms can be roughly divided into two types – ionization and photoelectric alarms. Without going into too much detail, the former detects invisible fire particles that cause fast flaming fire much faster and earlier than the latter. Photoelectric alarms, conversely, detect visible fire particles faster. But, know that if you truly want to stay safe, you need to get a detector that can do both.
Remember to have these smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, living room, kitchen, and hallway. Also, place it in your shed or garage if you have flammable stuff in there. Remember to replace these alarms every seven to ten years, just in case. As far as the batteries are concerned, change them according to the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
Don’t be one of those people who disable their alarm because it’s annoying or because they need a battery. Don’t be lazy – go out to the store and get some new batteries. We also advise that you dust it regularly, just so you can prevent any dust from blocking or messing with the sensors.
Check on your doors
This means you should inspect your doors and see just how secure they are. First, check if the hinges are protected, or if they are out in the open. Sometimes all a burglar needs to do is get a couple of screws loose and move the door to the side. Also, check if the frame is loose and whether it will buckle. If you have a slot for your mail or your pets, check to see if you can reach the doorknob through it. Even if its close and rather difficult, know that a professional burglar will know how to take advantage of it.
Keep the lights on and leave no room to hide
If you’re going away on vacation somewhere, you should keep the lights on, just in case. This will deter a burglar from entering since he will think that someone is inside. Setting up some lights in your backyard will also inconvenience any would-be burglar.
Also, while shrubs and bushes are really nice and add to your property value, they also leave room for a thief to hide. You can get rid of them, bear the risk, or maybe place some lights near them.
Electrical and kitchen safety
Take care of any electrical outlets in your new home. Have a proper electrician inspect them and see if they are up to code. See if all the cords and wires are properly sorted away and that they are not exposed. Especially check the cords connected to any small appliance that you have. And remember, the older the wiring is, the greater the risk.
Many fires start in the kitchen. You should never let your cooking unattended, especially if you’re using an open flame. Regularly check for gas leaks and odd smells, just in case. Also, always keep any rags and towels as far away from your stove tops as possible.
There you have it folks – we hope this has been informative. Just follow these tips, be mindful and you will certainly be able to keep your family safe and sound. Remember to get a good fire extinguisher, set up a proper fence and to be careful.
Emily is a business psychologist with a passion for marketing and design. Researching, exploring and writing is her favorite thing to do. She works as a consultant at Portcullis Australia. Besides that, she loves animals, music, and traveling.